A. P. C. van der Maas

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BACKGROUND There is conclusive evidence from clinical trials that reduction of mortality by fibrinolytic therapy in acute myocardial infarction is related to the time elapsing between onset of symptoms and commencement of treatment. However, the exact pattern of this relation continues to be debated. This paper discusses whether or not appreciable(More)
BACKGROUND Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for unstable coronary syndromes have substantial emotional and spiritual distress that may promote procedural complications. Noetic (nonpharmacologic) therapies may reduce anxiety, pain and distress, enhance the efficacy of pharmacologic agents, or affect short- and long-term procedural(More)
Successful reperfusion after acute myocardial infarction (MI) has traditionally been considered to be restoration of epicardial patency, but increasing evidence suggests that disordered microvascular function and inadequate myocardial tissue perfusion are often present despite infarct vessel patency. Thus, optimal reperfusion is being redefined to include(More)
The effects of intravenous elgodipine, a new second-generation dihydropyridine calcium antagonist, on hemodynamics and coronary artery diameter were investigated in 15 patients undergoing cardiac catheterization for suspected coronary artery disease. Despite a significant decrease in systemic blood pressure, elgodipine infused at a rate of 1.5(More)
Reports on familial occurrence of essential thrombocythemia (ET) are scanty. Many clinical and hematological aspects of familial ET have not been clarified yet. We studied 16 family members in four successive generations. By laboratory tests and bone marrow examination they were divided into a non-thrombocythemia group (n=5) and into ET patients (n=11).(More)
BACKGROUND Early resolution of ST-segment elevation (ST-segment recovery) is associated with an improved outcome after infarction. Whether this relation is present in patients with Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) grade 2 or 3 flow (ie, patent) infarct-related arteries is not known. METHODS AND RESULTS To examine the associations between time(More)
BACKGROUND Angioscopy surpasses other diagnostic tools, such as angiography and intravascular ultrasound, in detecting arterial thrombus. This capability arises in part from the unique ability of angioscopy to assess true color during imaging. In practice, hardware-induced chromatic distortions and the subjectivity of human color perception substantially(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical descriptors and ST-segment recovery variables hold prognostic information for clinical outcome after thrombolysis for acute myocardial infarction (MI). We sought to define the incremental prognostic value of continuous 12-lead ST-segment monitoring variables to clinical risk descriptors identified by the Global Utilization of(More)
Computer-assisted continuous monitoring of the ST-segment allows detection and quantification of recurrent ischemia in patients with acute coronary syndromes. In a substudy of the PURSUIT (Platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa in Unstable angina: Receptor Suppression Using Integrilin Therapy) trial, this technique was used to evaluate the effects of the(More)
At the European Congresses of Cardiology in Amsterdam (1995) and Birmingham (1996), and at recent American meetings, large audiences were drawn to presentations and discussions about direct percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty and stenting for acute myocardial infarction. Apparently this topic appeals to many cardiologists, and the procedure is(More)